About GVSU 2023
18,665 undergraduate students
2,983 graduate students
83 different countries represented
100 undergraduate degrees
45 graduate degrees
Avg. Class Size: 26
1,234 faculty members
1,887 support staff members
93% of regular faculty members have earned their doctorate or other terminal degree
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90% of recent graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees.
500+ Students present research projects at Student Scholars Day on average each year.
96% of students received at least one type of financial aid – a total of more than $300 million.
752 students studied abroad in the 2018-2019 academic year
6th in a national ranking of study abroad participation by the IIE
35 service and advocacy organizations
27 fraternities and sororities
50 states called home by alumni
12 areas worldwide host alumni clubs
106,686 alumni in Michigan
87% of first-year students live on campus
11 dining locations
5 styles of living centers to choose from
10 theme-specific living-learning centers in Grand Rapids and Allendale
21 varsity sports (11 women's, 10 men's)
39 club sports
28 NCAA Division II National Championships
19 straight years earning first or second in the Directors' Cup
400,000+ physical resources
1,000,000+ e-book titles
120,000+ e-journal titles
|Undergraduate Level1||Michigan Resident||Non-Michigan Resident|
(0–54 credits earned)
(55+ credits earned)
|Integrative Studies Adult Degree Completion Online Program (a.k.a. LEADS)3|
|View tuition rates and other estimated yearly expenses.|
|View graduate tuition rates and other estimated yearly expenses.|
Tuition and Fees will be charged at the same rate whether instruction is delivered in-person, online, or through hybrid platforms.
A per credit hour or per course surcharge will be assessed for certain classes to offset higher costs.
- Students classified as undergraduates registering for masters and doctorate courses pay undergraduate tuition rates.
- Students are classified as upper division upon earning their 55th semester credit.
- Rate previously set per Board of Trustees Bylaws, Article 2, Section 2.105. Students do not have separate rates based on residency. Program is also referred to as LEADS Online Accelerated Bachelor's Degree for Adult Students.
- Students classified as graduates pay their graduate program tuition rate for all courses taken.
Two 16 week semesters*
Fall 2022 semester: August 26, 2022–December 17, 2022
Winter 2023 semester: January 9, 2023–April 29, 2023
Two 6 week sessions/one 12 week session
Spring 2023 session: May 8, 2023–June 19, 2023
Summer 2023 session: June 26, 2023–August 4, 2023
Spring/Summer 2023 session: May 8, 2023–August 4, 2023
View our online Academic Calendar.
* Some programs have multiple start dates within a semester. Please check with your program for a schedule.
Named one of 2022's "Best Colleges for Your Money" by Money magazine.
- $300 million in financial aid awarded
- Of those who graduated in 4 years or fewer, 40 percent had no debt
- 7,837 students participating in internships, co-ops, practica, and student teaching
- 91,945 employment and internship opportunities listed with GVSU Career Center
- 1000+ employers participated in career events
- Middle 50% of Fall 2022 entering class earned high school GPAs of 3.2 to 3.92, ACT scores of 20 to 27, and SAT scores of 970 to 1210
Read a list of recent awards and recognitions.
Pass Rates of Graduates on Licensure and Certification Exams
|Professional Licensure Exam||GVSU Grad Pass Rate||National Benchmark|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonography||92%||75%|
|Enterprise Resource Planning||100%||-|
|Medical Laboratory Science||92%||-|
|Nursing (Child and Adolescent DNP)||100%||-|
|Nursing (Clinical Nurse Leader, MSN)||100%||-|
|Nursing (NCLEX for RN)||95%||85%|
|Recreational Therapy (undergraduate)||93%||-|
|Social Work (graduate, advanced generalist)||100%||58%|
Allendale, Michigan, is home to Grand Valley's main campus, established in 1960, situated on 1,322 acres 12 miles west of Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids (map)
The 65-acre Robert C. Pew Campus in the heart of Grand Rapids is comprised of multiple buildings along the west bank of the Grand River that serves business, education, engineering, and other majors and is home to The Graduate School.
Grand Rapids (map)
The 14.5-acre Health Campus anchors the east end of Grand Rapids' Medical Mile. It is comprised of two buildings with a third building set to open in 2021.
Meijer Campus in Holland (map)
The Meijer Campus was dedicated in August 1998 and offers evening, accelerated, and hybrid coursework to area students.
Detroit Center (map)
The Detroit Center is home to university business in southeast Michigan and includes space for many activities, including those of the GVSU Charter Schools Office.
Muskegon Regional Center (map)
The Stevenson Center within Muskegon Community College was constructed in 1995 offering the university new opportunities in the shoreline community.
Traverse City Regional Center (map)
Grand Valley was established in 1995 as a charter member of the Northwestern Michigan College's University Center.
Battle Creek Regional Outreach Center
The center supports career exploration and individualized educational planning assistance.
Named one of the county's most environmentally responsible colleges for the 13th year in a row by The Princeton Review
One of the greenest universities in the nation, according to the Sierra Club
Grand Valley's Sustainable Agriculture Project received the Innovative Project Award by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
24 LEED-certified projects completed at Grand Valley
Grand Valley has earned gold status since 2013, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
2.8 million pounds of paper towels, disposable dinnerware, napkins, and food waste composted by Grand Valley in fiscal year 2020.
More than 60 percent of Grand Valley's waste stream is diverted, including compost, e-waste, light bulbs, batteries, paper, cardboard, and metal.
$2.2 million saved annually on Grand Valley's energy bill through a combination of energy conservation efforts and LEED construction projects.
$849 million in total estimated impact of faculty, staff, and students in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties during 2016-2017
$202.8 million total estimated student expenditures in the area
11,970 total estimated employment attributed to GVSU in the area
Endowment and Funding
$352 million general fund budget
$262 million in tuition
$73 million in state appropriations
$168.5 million endowment (as of June 30, 2022)
$25 million in private funding (gifts and overall pledges, fiscal year 2022))
Established: Grand Valley State University was chartered by the Michigan legislature in 1960 in response to the need for a public, four-year college in the state's second largest metropolitan region.
Mission: At Grand Valley State University, we empower learners in their pursuits, professions, and purpose. The university enriches society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, advancement of equity, and public service.
Learn more on our strategic positioning page.
President: Philomena V. Mantella
Board of Trustees:
- Mikyia S. Aaron
- Randall S. Damstra
- Elizabeth C. Emmitt (vice chair)
- Ronald E. Hall
- Susan M. Jandernoa (chair)
- Noreen K. Myers
- Shelley E. Padnos
- Kate Pew Wolters
- Philomena V. Mantella (ex officio)
- Donna K. Brooks (honorary life member)
- Dorothy A. Johnson (honorary life member)
- John C. Kennedy (honorary life member)
Accreditation: Grand Valley is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
For More Information
Download a raw set of GVSU statistics by visiting the Institutional Analysis website.